'Biggest Loser' makes NBC a winner Tuesday


NEW YORK -- NBC won a quiet Tuesday primetime headlined by "The Biggest Loser," which was the top show of the night.

"Loser" averaged 9.8 million viewers and a 3.6 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates released Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research. It finished just ahead of a repeat "House" (9.7 million, 3.5/9) in the hour.

ABC won the 8 p.m. hour thanks to a repeat of the holiday phenom "Shrek the Halls" (10 million, 3.4/10), though both NBC's "Deal or No Deal" (11.3 million, 3.1/9) and a repeat "NCIS" (11.8 million, 2.5/7) surpassed it in viewership.

The 10 p.m. hour was won by "Boston Legal" (9 million, 2.5/7), ahead of a new "Cane" (7.8 million, 2.0/6) and a repeat "Law & Order: SVU" (6.7 million, 2.4/6).

NBC (9.3 million, 3.0/8) won against ABC (8 million, 2.6/7); CBS (9.2 million, 2.1/6); Fox (8 million, 2.8/8); and the CW (2.3 million, 1.0/3).